St Joe Jail Employee Faces Federal Charges

Posted 2 years ago

By Micheal Clements

USDOJ colorA St Joseph Police Department worker faces charges for distributing hydrocodone and illegal use of Electronic Benefit Transfer cards.

49-year-old Kathleen P. Blakely-Polk was charged in an eight-count indictment unsealed this week and announced Friday.

She worked at the booking desk in the Law Enforcement Center during the time of the alleged violations.

The federal indictment charges her with five counts of illegally using EBT cards and three counts of distributing hydrocodone. The indictment alleges that Blakely-Polk used federal benefits in an unauthorized manner, specifically, SNAP benefits, which is formally known as the Food Stamp Program.

St Joseph Police insist that crimes contained in a federal indictment happened during a civilian booking officer’s off hours, and did not occur at the Law Enforcement Center.  Captain Matt Rock says she is currently on unpaid leave pending a termination hearing.

In 1998, the USDA (through the Missouri Division of Social Services) converted from a traditional paper food stamp coupon system to the EBT card system. Instead of being issued food stamp coupons, SNAP recipients were issued EBT cards that could be used at participating retailers.

EBT cards are linked to a recipient’s benefit account, and credited with the recipient’s allocated benefits on a monthly basis.


  • Huh

    Stupid-Stupid Bi**h…

    Current score: 11
  • FEDMAMA

    She was very rude and unprofessional anyway. Good riddance.

    Current score: 8
  • Nightmare

    Ha! Karma finally caught you! I hope you’re treated just as bad as you treated those you booked. What’s done in the dark always comes to light. Don’t drop the soap. Trippy trippy eh?

    Current score: 5
  • Nightmare

    And one last thing, I bet the look on your face when they got you was PRICELESS! I wish I had seen it. Did you cry? Hope you get one of those real nasty cells with all kinds of body fluids everywhere and toilet tissue stuck to the ceiling. Don’t forget those crusty wool blankets you passed out to other offenders. Every dog has their day. No more putting on a show for the white folks you worked with. Signed, everyone you encountered.

    Current score: 5
  • Huh

    “White folks” didn’t like her either.

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  • gabe colbert

    I feel this is straight bs i liked kat it wasnt her fault i got a chARGE SHE WAS JUST DOING HER JOB FOODSTAMPS CMON KEEP IT REAL WE ALL KNOW THE DEAL WITH THOSE THIS IS A SET UP JOB ON MY FRIEND I WISH YOU THE BEST BEAT THIS CASE KATT

    Current score: 2
  • Mug shot

    Where is her MUGSHOT.!!!

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  • John P Tretbar

    Federal authorities routinely keep details of ongoing investigations private. Also, the defendant is not being held in St Joseph.

    Current score: 3
    • Sweet Daddy

      Thanks John P.

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  • Huh

    Here’s keeping it real for you.She was trading hydrocodone pills for EBT cards….But yet it wasn’t her fault?

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  • sheila taylor

    I know her not on a personal level, but you junkies in st Joe need to watch your mouthes, everyone in kansas city know all of yall are drug heads.

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  • what?!

    buchanan county nakes up their own laws because the cops are too stupid to learn the real ones.

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